Wow, what a great day, at least of far, clouds and lightning are brewing on the horizon.
This was a 75 mile day with a 3,000 foot drop into the Bitterroot Valley. We had a great big buffet breakfast served at 6:00 AM in the dining room at the Jackson Hot Spring Resort. I couldn’t eat all that I took, then they gave us sack lunches that had huge portions. All for a reasonable price.
On the way to Chief Joseph pass i stopped by this visitor center at the Big Hole National Monument to describe the brutal war between the US and the Nez Perce Indians. It was very troubling to watch the short movie and to look out over this beautiful landscape. Our army should never had acted in that way, and I hope we stop the killing of innocent people.
Along the way to the half way point, before the big drop, I passed miles and miles of this fence. The travel pathways are the same that humans have taken for thousands of years and were taken by Lewis & Clark.
Once over the Chief Joseph Pass and onto US 93, we briefly entered Idaho for about a half mile. Then we flew down hill for over 9 miles, taking in the views and watching the road carefully as we gain speed. Eventually we had to pedal the last 15 miles, but it was mostly downhill following the Bitterroot River to Darby.
Tomorrow is on to the mecca of biking, Missoula. We are taking 2 nights there but it will be camping.
Avg speed of 12.9 and little wind until the end of the ride. Forecast for rain tonight, and light winds tomorrow too.